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Well, Hello, New Year

I wonder what you have in store for me, for us, in 2022?! As an Al‑Anon member, I always feel renewed hope as January dawns. Hope inspires me to action, so I recommit to my daily routine of

I Kept Coming Back Online

When I began to realize that my husband had a problem with alcohol, I argued with him and cried all the time. My emotions were just uncontrollable. My children noticed before I did that he drank every day.

Letting Go of My Children and Grandchild

I have been deeply affected by my children’s drinking and the effect it has had on my grandchild. I have felt an emotional death in my soul which has brought me to a new dependency on a Power

Loving My Alcoholic Sister—and Myself

My sister Kris is 18 months older than I am and was truly my best friend throughout childhood. We grew up in the country and built forts, played kicked the can, went sledding until our cheeks were rosy,

Embracing New Opportunities to Serve

When I think of the many service roles I was encouraged to stand for during my volunteer years, I am reminded of this quote from When I Got Busy, I Got Better (P-78): “I am not encouraged to

We’re All Equal in Al-Anon

I am thankful that we are all equal in Al‑Anon. I am Hispanic, and I attended a mostly white school. I had trouble adjusting and making friends. I remember being called “Taco Bell” in the classroom. I also

A Journey of Self-Discovery

I remember in my first Al‑Anon meetings hearing people say, “To thine own self be true.” This was confusing for me as I thought I was an honest person, knew myself so well, and had sincere motives. The

Principles above “Rules”

As I have grown in self-awareness and trust in a Higher Power, I find that I’m more relaxed about making decisions in the absence of strict rules and rigid structure. When I was a newcomer to Al‑Anon, I

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